Dads Night 73 is a Wrap!

Thanks for your support – see you next spring – or click the link above to donate!

About Dads’ Night

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What is Dad’s Night?

The first Dads’ Night was held in the Kenilworth School of Ridgewood New Jersey in 1944. Over the years, the tradition has been kept alive by the dads of children who attend Ridgewood’s Somerville and Hawes elementary schools. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of Dads’ Night!

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Each year the dads write their own scripts and songs, play their own music, design and sew their own costumes, build their own sets, and put on a musical review for the hundreds of kids in town.

The funds that are raised are used to buy special needed “wish list” items for the schools. Everyone has a good time, and many long lasting friendships are made. Most importantly, our children learn that their dads are committed to them and their lives. Why else would the dads make such fools of themselves if it weren’t for the love of their children!


Over the past decade alone, Dads Night has provided funds to the Somerville and Hawes Schools that have been used for a litany of child-enrichment purposes including:

  • Student Scholarships
  • Smart Boards/Cameras
  • Books
  • Subsidizing Science Days
  • Audio-Visual Equipment
  • Sound & Lighting Upgrades
  • Subsidizing Teacher of the Year Awards
  • Music Room Stereos
  • Subsidizing the Creation of a Cosmic Classroom
  • Space Suits
  • New Basketball Court
  • Subsidizing Children’s Theatre
  • New Playground and Playground Equipment
  • Computers/TVs/DVDs/Cameras/ Projectors/Microphones

… Plain and simple, it always has been and always will be “for the kids.”





You don’t have to attend the show to support Dads’ Night!

We are an operating 501(c)3 Organization, and your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Entering our 73rd year, Dads’ Night puts on an annual fundraising show for the Ridgewood Somerville/ Hawes Elementary Schools and general public. Our show is the result of a massive effort from over 280 dads who donate their time and “talents”. Our dads are responsible for all aspects of the production of the show, from script writing and making costumes to playing all the parts, providing all the music and of course the hilarious acting! But the show is just the beginning, Dads’ Night is a year round organization that is very involved with our community from coat, turkey and blood drives to parent educational speakers and outreach programs just to mention a few. 

The funds we raise are divided out between the two elementary schools
funding various projects that the schools’ budget may not accommodate such as Chromebooks in classrooms, outdoor community classrooms, eco-friendly water
fountains and space suits for Space Week.  
Our purpose is to give back something a little extra to our children’s learning and educational experiences by following our slogan “Family. Friends. Community.” Our children are our future and ultimately our legacy.